So I got to work and because I wasn't logged in to youtube, I searched for it, and came up with this link. It's a story on news.com/au, about how supposedly, youtube is the medium of choice for killers.
Now, I have a few problems with this. First of all, it's mainstream media attacking the unreglated areas of media like Youtube and blogs. That's not THAT new, so really, this post is kind of (totally) not adding anything new to the 'debate'. Mainstream established news have had this kind of campaign against the internet and self publishing since it started. They hate Wikipedia and never let an opportunity to make sure everyone knows that it's not 100% factually correct because ANYONE CAN CHANGE WHAT IT SAYS (omgwtfetc) go by. Then there were the blogs- I can imagine this article being written about blogs a few years ago. 'Website reveals inner thoughts of stalking sicko!' etc.
Ugh, this is rambling, I know. I can't concentrate nd i am on a really slow computer with a terrible keyboard.
Anyway, my issue is that the media KEEP doing this!! It's the future, assholes. You are becoming obsolete. The world is marching on and either keep up or shut up. It's not going to stop, with or without you.
I make videos and I am not a killer. The same goes for every single person I watch. This kind of article is harmful because it villainises the community of youtube and means that people like my mum and dad will read it and think that it's some kind of a given that I will come into contact with that kind of thing.
I also hate how this seems to make out like there is some sort of select group of people who have the right to broadcast whatever they want to. (ie, the established media). Like it is clearly harmful to allow the everyman to broadcast themselves, unregulated by 'the man', because they will turn into murderers and happy slappers. It assumes that self publishers online want the same thing that mainstream media wants- the maximum amount of exposure.
Those assholes already existed, and they will always exist, its just now there is an outlet for that kind of thing. We have a window into these people's lives, like it or not. You don't have the right to dictate what the world is shown and what it watches. Not anymore.